Visit Uluru: 12 of the best ways to rock Ayers Rock
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2. Kata Tjuta
It is just over 50 km from Yulara to Kata Tjuta but it’s a drive well worth doing. To understand how different it is from Uluru you need some basic geology. Some 550 million years ago, water flowing off mountains to the west distributed a large fan of sand in one area and another fan of water-smoothed pebbles in another. In time these became sandstone and conglomerate respectively. Then there was some folding and tilting but much more for the sandstone than the conglomerate. Over the past 300 million years most of the old fans was eroded away then sand blew in 30,000 years ago and covered all but the tips of the remnant fans. The sandstone one is the Uluru monolith, in contrast to the conglomerate domes of Kata Tjuta. Both extend five or six kilometres underground. Allow the time to take a walk into the Olgas. The longer walk is through the Valley of the Winds but Walpa Gorge also offer a chance to stand between the domes. It’s worth going early as walks are closed when it gets too hot.